Hey Friends, Family & Blog Readers!
Here in Alaska, it’s been warm and we are getting so much sun (gaining almost 7 minutes a day)! Which means spring is around the corner and reminds me that I should be getting hard into my training mode. I’m training for my first Triathlon this May! It’s so exciting! But even more importantly, I’m training to ride 50k in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure cycling event on May 31st here in Fairbanks, Alaska!
Why am I riding?
For my community and the many neighbors, friends, and consumers that I work with every day that deal with Type I and Type II diabetes. Recently, I have known two individuals who have lived with diabetes for many years and had a heart attack. Now, they are working to change the way they eat, the way they exercise and essentially, their entire lifestyle. I thought to myself, what if I could work towards preventing this? I want the people around me that I love and care about to be able to live happy and healthy lives and know how to take care of themselves. These are the people I am riding for!
What’s up with Diabetes, anyway?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery. Both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles in the cause of type 2 diabetes.
- Diabetes complications are pretty serious!
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
- Leading cause of kidney failure
- Nervous system disease
- Non-traumatic lower-limb amputations
What’s my goal & Where does your donation go?
I’m trying to fundraise at least $200 for the American Diabetes Association! Donations goes towards:
- Funding research for a cure
- Community-based programs education programs
- Diabetes prevention information
- Advocacy for those living with diabetes
- Public awareness events
Go to my personal page and click “Donate Now” to make a donation of ANY amount (even $5 makes a difference) for my ride!
Need more incentive? Those who donate a minimum of $25 will receive a $10 gift card towards merchandise in my Etsy store! www.etsy.com/shop/AlaskaJewelry
*please include your email address in the notes of your donation for your gift card
Sundog here in Fairbanks, Alaska – loving all the sunshine! Here comes spring!